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Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for unpaid carers

Guidance for those who provide unpaid care to friends or family.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for unpaid carers
Testing and PPE

Coronavirus testing and PPE for unpaid carers

Unpaid carers are classed as key workers and are included in the priority groups for coronavirus testing. Find out how to get tested in Scotland

If you do not have internet access, you can book a test by calling the national helpline number on 0300 303 2713. You should select the option for Scotland, and wait to hear options for help required.  Helpline staff will then book a test for you at an appropriate test site. Once the test has been booked a unique code will be sent to you by text message or email, which should be taken to the agreed test site.

If you are unable to provide essential care for someone due to suspected or confirmed COVID-19, or any other reason, you should contact your local social work department.  You can access contact information for your local social work department on the Social Work Scotland website.

How to access PPE

We have published PPE advice for unpaid carers who visit or live with a friend or family member to provide help with personal care such as washing or dressing. This details the situations in which unpaid carers may require PPE. 

There is a separate guide for unpaid carers on how to access PPE.